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Support Disabled Children

Help take care of disabled children and brighten their day by playing, singing, and doing activities with them.

The Project

For this project, volunteers will care for people with special needs in a suburb of Antigua in Guatemala. During the project, volunteers will work in a center that is part of a nursing home for people with physical and/or mental disabilities. At the center, there are about 70 patients, including children, teenagers, and some adults who are wheelchair-bound. The center has a nurse, doctor, dentist, and a couple of physical therapists. The main goal of the volunteers is to help make the residents have a good day through a series of stimulating activities to increase their emotional, physical, and intellectual development. Due to the lack of staff in Guatemala’s healthcare system, the center heavily relies on volunteers.


Your Tasks

Throughout this project, you will support the center’s nursing staff with their daily work and routines. One major part of this task is trying to make the patients smile. 

 On a typical workday, you will help take care of children. This typically includes playing with them, feeding and bathing them, making their beds, accompanying them on daily excursions, and coming up with educational activities to stimulate their senses and motor skills.

 You may also be able to work in the physiotherapy department where you will assist the physical therapists when they train the patients. In addition, you might be asked to do some repairs, such as repairing wheelchairs.

You can discuss your work priorities with your volunteer coordinator on-site and, depending on your interests and prior knowledge, you will be sent to work in an appropriate area.

 

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
50+

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s).
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (intermediate level)
Health Declaration
required
Education Requirements
at High School level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 13:00

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Free-time activities

In your spare time, there are many different activities to choose from in Antigua. The city offers many different sites that display the country’s rich culture. There are also various nearby bars, restaurants, and internet cafes where people go to socialize.

Concert/Music
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Riding
Yoga/Meditation
Contact & Reservation
$220
/week
$220
/week
2 - 25
weeks
2 - 25
weeks
18+
age
18+
age
Airport Pickup
Housing
Food
Internet
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
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Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

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Services by South America Inside

Consultation by our experienced staff | Translation of application documents | Placement in volunteer project | Orientation upon arrival | Orientation kit | Local support | 24-hr emergency number | Accommodation- Home Stay | Full-board (3 meals per day) | Advice on travel insurance | Flight booking service (optional) | Certificate of Participation | Application fee

Accommodation

During this project, volunteers will stay with host families that are only a bus ride away from where they will be working. They will have their own private bedroom, but bathrooms and living areas will be shared. This will allow volunteers to fully indulge in the local culture. There is also a second option where volunteers can live with other foreigners in a guest house (prices vary).  

Guest Family Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

Yes, full-board is provided (3 meals per day, except for Sundays).

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.

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Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$635.00
3 weeks
$740.00
4 weeks
$845.00
5 weeks
$950.00
6 weeks
$1,055.00
7 weeks
$1,160.00
9 weeks
$1,370.00
11 weeks
$1,580.00
25 weeks (max. stay)
$3,050.00
Average fees
$220.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Antigua/Guatemala between 2 weeks and 25 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. South America Inside will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with South America Inside during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Get ready to volunteer in Guatemala

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Guatemala. Please check the visa regulations for Guatemala.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Guatemala and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Guatemala.
Budgeting
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Guatemala.

What's next?

Airport
The nearest airport is La Aurora (GUA) in Guatemala City. We assist you to find cheap flights to Guatemala.
Travel Insurance
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If you are intending to volunteer in Guatemala you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Guatemala.
Free-time
What can you do in leisure-time in Guatemala while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
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